"Riley explores the long shadow of depression that winds through human history with intelligence and insight and — equally important — with courage and compassion. The resulting, remarkable book shines like a light against the night itself."
Deborah Blum, Pulitzer prize-winning science journalist
and author of The Poisoner's Handbook and Love at Goon Park.
“Interweaving memoir, case histories, and accounts of new therapies, Riley anatomizes what is still a fairly young science, and a troubled one."
"Breezily written, personal and accessible ... a valuable addition to a literature that will be especially needed as the pandemic recedes."
"Boldly ambitious, deeply affecting, and magisterial in scope, A Cure for Darkness is a milestone in the literature of clinical depression, humanizing the global quest to unlock the secrets of a profoundly disabling disorder."
Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes:
The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity